Eclipse creates radio research opportunity (Texas)

All of North America will experience a solar eclipse when the sun, Earth and moon align Aug. 21, and a group of local researchers will be training an expert eye – and ear – from their angle in Kilgore.

Amateur ham radio enthusiasts from Longview and Tyler will gather with fellow aficionados here at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting & Communications, studying what effects the celestial phenomenon has on their craft. The community is welcome to join the party.

“They are coming here to see what happens to radio propagation when there’s a total eclipse,” according to Chuck Conrad, owner and executive director of the Texas Broadcasting Museum at 416 E. Main St. “This is a nationwide thing … All kinds of other natural phenomenon affect the propagation of radio waves. Maybe a total eclipse does. Maybe absolutely nothing.”


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